It was early to rise for the Thru Crew. The objective of the day… Slack pack 20 miles!!! We rocked it, along with Shutterbug and Little Foot.
Miss Janet dropped the nine of us off at Iron Mountain Gap, and planned to pick us up when we returned to Erwin. We started hiking at 9:45.
We stopped about three miles in to eat lunch, and refill our water bottles. Then we made our way to Unaka Mountain. Miss Janet have Zoey some bubbles to play with as she frolicked along the trail. The kids all enjoyed a little reprieve from hiking to play with them.
Riley really liked the pineapple ornament, and we found Woody and Buzz Lightyear as well.
Not long after we made our way through the forest, we came to Beauty Spot Gap, where we landed upon more trail magic. A fellow veteran and Thru hiker, Onesimus, was grilling chicken for hungry hikers.
Miss Janet picked us up from the trail, and took us back to her pad. Coy had created a massive pot of Gumbo and everyone filed their bellies until they were content!
We completed our first 20 mile day!!! It was absolutely amazing!!! I’m not sure how it will feel to make 20 miles with full packs, but it was awesome slack packing.